Batman #63

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 65
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There are strange goings-on in the dark alleys of Gotham City, mysteries that will require a different skill set than the Caped Crusader's if he's going to stop the whole city from succumbing to the darkness. John Constantine, the Hellblazer, is a person with just those skills-but after the events of "The Witching Hour," is Constantine in any condition to help the Dark Knight Detective?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jan 26, 2019

    Batman #63 is a good read and very enjoyable. Here Bruce lived out one of his saddest moments–the day Selina didn't show up for the wedding. It was good seeing a “what if” issue of how Bruce and Selina could've been. I can't wait to see exactly where the next issue takes us! Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 23, 2019

    Mikel Janin has some excellent art in this issue and the way he draws Bruce and Selina is inspired. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 25, 2019

    King and Janin have created a memorable issue in this storyline. It didn't seem like this was going anywhere over the last two issues. But as always I just trusted in King. And that trust is now playing off like it always seems to. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 23, 2019

    By the end of this issue, I felt far more intrigued with where King is taking this story and the clever use of Constantine with this cliffhanger definitely has me excited for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Jan 27, 2019

    The stories that Tom King is telling with Batman will prove to be part of an historic run. This issue adds another piece to his unspeakabe puzzle. It is a masterful story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 23, 2019

    As we approach the third act of King's Batman, there's a lot of unanswered questions, and this issue makes me pretty excited to find out the answers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 29, 2019

    Building off everything that came before it, Batman #63 delivers the strongest issue of the Knightmares story arc thus far. Every character involved in this story played there role excellently. Tom King builds on the emotional tie that existed with the failed wedding of Bruce and Selina to craft a compelling story guest starring Constantine. With how things ended I am much more excited for what comes next than I was before reading Batman #63. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Jan 23, 2019

    Overall,Batman #63 dives deeper into Bruce's psyche and further escalates the elusive conflict being set-up between him and Bane. If you enjoyed Mister Miracle or movies with mind-bending logic like Inception consider picking up the Knightmare arc of Batman, starting at Batman #61, that will conclude with Batman #69. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jan 23, 2019

    King manages to use Batman #63 to successfully give readers the fan service of “Brulina”‘s happy home full of adorable moments, a gloomy cameo, and steady progression towards the moment when Bruce eventually opens his eyes again. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 23, 2019

    A little bit of clarity about whats really happening goes a long way in Batman #63 mixing with the Bat-Cat wedding redux motif to result in the strongest issue of this arc so far. Also, Mikel Janins impeccably-clean linework is always welcome on this title. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 23, 2019

    Despite its underwhelming use of John Constantine, Batman #63 is a satisfying addition to the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Jan 23, 2019

    A bizarrely entertaining chapter that takes a long, hard look at one of The Batman's greatest fears! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jan 23, 2019

    We revisit the wedding that never happened, seeing how things would play out if that day had gone differently. Of course, something feels off despite the marital bliss, with Constantine providing a doom and gloom prophecy throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Gorman. Jan 24, 2019

    Throw in Selina Kyle, John Constantine and some beautiful Mikel Janin art and you have yet another strong issue. We are nearing the final 30 issues or two years of Tom Kings time with Batman, and as we enter the last third of the run, answers are coming, and I cant wait. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jan 23, 2019

    A heartbreaking glimpse at what could have been and a terrifying glimpse of what is now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 23, 2019

    A good issue that offers answers in a compelling and sometimes emotional issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Jan 23, 2019

    Overall I think this issue does a good job at showing us several "what if they had got married" moments and while that does make me feel both happy and sad, I'm glad we got to explore this even if only for one chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 23, 2019

    The Nightmares continue and depending on what you are looking for, this may be a dream you don't ever want to wake from or just a reminder of what you didn't get.  Tom King uses this opportunity to show that maybe a failed wedding is a better one, but in the end, I liked finding out what Batman is up against...maybe.  Mikel Janin's art was great in this issue (maybe the best it's been in quite some time) and this one is sure to get people talking on the intranets. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 27, 2019

    The “Knightmares” story arc is a fun and fulfilling narrative that examines Batman, while subversively advancing the overall plot. However, the finale for “Knighmares” is a bit of a letdown, because of a subdued twist ending and plot inconsistencies. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 23, 2019

    We're going somewhere, but why is it taking so long to get there? Part of a larger puzzle,Batman (2016-) #63is a piece that feels unnecessary. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jan 23, 2019

    BATMAN #63 shares many of the faults its predecessor maintains as it struggles to move this current arc and overall series forward in a dynamic manner. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jan 23, 2019

    Mikel Janin turns out some nice sequences with Catwoman, Batman, John Constantine, and even a mini-cameo from one of our favorite Gotham schizoid personalities, Two-Face. Meanwhile King takes us through the paces of yet another dream sequence during which we gain little to no traction on the whereabouts or actual condition of Batman. We seem to be trapped in this stasis like a bug in amber. And like that bug in amber, it's pretty to look at, but beyond being decorative, it serves little purpose. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 23, 2019

    To say that Tom King has been taking Batman to unusual places is a little bit of an understatement, and those unusual places haven't always worked. This week, however, Batman #63 takes us deeper into the "Knightmares" arc and in doing so follows along with Batman into what feels less like a Knightmare and more like a dream come true. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Jan 23, 2019

    Overall, I still liked the issue, however a combination of King’s writing and Janin’s art really makes this issue feel like style over substance. Whilst I’ve been enjoying the arc so far, I feel like this issue is just padding in this arc. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Jan 23, 2019

    Maybe read this issue in the store while you pick up your copy of Justice League. It's meh all around in my book, I'm sure it will be in yours too. Too much emotional haze and not nearly enough answers to even want to deal with more and different tension. Read Full Review

  • 4.7
    Sequential Planet - Alexander Williamson Jan 23, 2019

    A somewhat mediocre entry into what has been a Batman run with many ups and downs, and the weakest of the Knightmares stories so far. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 25, 2019

    Frankly, it's all a bit anticlimactic and boring. Wake me up when this "Knightmare" ends. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Bleemak Jan 23, 2019

    We have a 8 -part storyline going right now. That hasn't gone anywhere.

    Positives?

    +Janin's artwork is simply amazing. I just love it.

    +It would be nice to have Bruce and Selina as a couple.

    Now the negatives:

    -Wanna-be-deep writing? I don't know, it is hard to explain, especially since english is not my main language, but this writing is so wanna-be-deep and it feels so off in a Batman comic. King wants to break Bruce psychologically, but he does it so slowly and it's not that good. It feels so off right now, it's hard to say why. It's not terrible, awful like his Booster Gold storyline was, just meh.

    And the other big problem we have right now? I don't care. At all. I was more

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  • 2.5
    myconius Jan 23, 2019

    what the hell?
    this series is all over the place, with no rhyme or reason.

    there were no real clues in the last two issues to even tie all this together.
    it’s just feels like a series of non related one-shots.

    another pointless issue that ultimately went nowhere.

    get Tom King off this book.
    he has absolutely no clue what to do with Batman.

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  • 5.5
    Nihilist Jan 23, 2019

    John Constantine and Batman just... fit together nicely, conceptually, at least. One is a cynical, sarcastic dick, and the other is a bruting, cold introvert. There's a lot of potential for such team-up, mixing street vigilantism with magic and demons. Too bad these two, every time they appear in the same place in the same time and interact, don't have anything valuable to say. Justice League Dark movie shoehorned Batman for no reason, Brian Azzarello completely bastardized these two characters in an abomination that is Batman Damned (albeit at least Johnny Boy didn't try to rape Bats like Harley in issue 2 - yeah, that's how bad things went with this comic), and now, Tom King came up with the same idea - to team up John and Bruce, in a mys more

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  • 3.5
    Quinn Jan 23, 2019

    Bats is kissing Cats in pretty or sexy environment. Constantine is there to harsh the buzz.

    Rinse, lather, repeat.

    On the final time Constantine tells Bats that he is caught and hooked up to a machine that makes him dream, with the final scenario having Cats die.

    That is the whole issue. This story is so decompressed, if it were a set of tires, you wouldn’t be able to drive 10 feet.

    Also, this is the second story this week wheres King’s protagonist is dreaming that his significant other is constantly getting killed. (See internet uproar over Walmart Superman book).

    Get help dude.

    The art was nice, but the story was slow. Three issues to tell us Bruce is mindtrapped. I fee more

  • 5.5
    egon244 Jan 23, 2019

    "10:38?"

    If I were to describe this issue with one word I would use the word "uneventful" because there is nothing practically happening in this one. At least the story is starting to get somewhere.

    The very ending of the issue finally gives us some insight about what the heck is happening. Fake Constantine informs "Bat" that he is hooked up to some nightmare inducing machine. I can't help it, but it makes me think about the episode of the animated series. The one where Mad Hatter had Batman in a similar machine. Can't recall the name of it. And, aside from "Bat" and "Cat" in the dialogue, there was nothing cringy or eye rolling here. I call that a success.
    There was one moment I really liked. The short scene wit more

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Jan 23, 2019

    Because it’s a dream I will let something things go. But overall issue was quite boring and at least we all now know he is in a dream. Although the narration in the beginning was quite boring! Enjoyed the art but feel like even though we learned one thing, we really didn’t progress anything. As much as I enjoy Constantine and Batman working together, why him? Why did his dream make a hallucination of Constantine?

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  • 5.0
    Talon1load Jan 23, 2019

    Another pointless issue with repetitive dialogue and revisiting themes. This run isn’t even worth getting worked up about anymore. Batman has become a completely forgettable book. It’s just sad really. Not as sad as Batman appears to be all the time but close.

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  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 24, 2019

    Well, this sure was a thing that exists. Constantine is a non-character in this. What was the point besides getting Hellblazer fans hopes up? ...Or down, in my case? Why is he here when basically anyone could fill his spot? Such an underwhelming guest star. And that's a shame because this comic has like nothing going for it now. I don't care about Bat/Cat. I find their relationship extremely superficial, not helped by this issue by the way. There's at least some connective tissue that hopefully makes reading these pointless issues slightly more tolerable, because if I like anything, it's continuity and callbacks. Oh, and John gets a little meta, too. That's... a thing. I just don't care. Yeah, Batman is dreaming. We got it.

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  • 6.0
    MKW69 Jan 23, 2019

    I recognized that it was a dream or hallucnation. Problem is that I really like the parts with Selina and Bruce That's what I wanted from their Wedding! But King still instills that there would be bad things. Comics are cyclical. They would get divorce, or rebooted them. I don't care about the future. I wanted it now!

  • 5.0
    RBL Jan 23, 2019

    Tl;dr same as last time, a non-issue. But this one has dialogue!
    Story advances a hint, just the minimal amount. You could definitely skip it and not miss a beat. I would not recommend it and tell people to instead wait for the end of this arc to return once the actual story is retaken.

    On to the the general contents of the issue:

    Apparently Batman has Constantine in his subconscious, interesting enough and poses various questions but I doubt it will ever be brought up again or Tom King will ever elaborate on it. So all we can do is say “cool cameo, bro” and ignore it because nothing came of it.

    Batman is presented in a scenario where the wedding happened actually happened, or as I’d state it one more

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  • 4.5
    Darkseid24 Jan 23, 2019

    I don’t think this issue was that bad, but not that great either.
    The problem here is, that this issue& the last 2 aren’t really connected, we get a hint in this one, that it’s all due to Batman being affected by Scarecrow’s fear gas ( having Scarecrow in the story would be great though, but I somehow doubt it)& due to a machine he is strapped on, but this still isn’t enough.
    Constantine is really pointless in this issue, because he doesn’t do much& he could be replaced by nearly everyone. However since it’s just a dream, that turns to a nightmare it makes sense, that his appearance doesn’t make sense.
    The worst part for me are the Batcat scenes. This is a what if Bruce really did marry Selina story. I really more

  • 4.0
    ohhaimark Jan 24, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -I thought the idea for this issue was good at least. What would have happened if the wedding went through? Nice idea. Poor execution.

    -I liked Mikel Janin's art. There were some awkward faces and stiff looking poses, but I liked the splash pages a lot and he made that shower scene feel very effectively steamy.

    -It's nice to at least see the previous stories acknowledged.

    -I'm still on board with Knightmares, despite predictability and a gimmicky premise. I feel like another writer could do way better though.

    THE BAD:

    -So Constantine was in this issue why, exactly? I felt like he was only there to tell Bruce about the Knightmares. Other than that, his existence wa more

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  • 1.0
    KFuqua Jan 24, 2019

    Shocker....more garbage from Tom King on Batman.

    Again, please get him off this title!!!!

  • 9.0
    Linkush Jan 23, 2019

    "JUST ANOTHER DREAM BECOMING JUST ANOTHER NIGHTMARE"

    Well, this is probably the best issue of the arc so far and Janin's art was great in this issue, probably the best it's been in a while.

    This time we get to see how the relationship between Bruce and Selina might have been and it was fun while it lasted. Makes me even more sad that we didn't get to see the wedding at the end.

    We're also going somewhere this time around, and I'm starting to realize what King is trying to do with this arc. I find it to be very interesting and I'm excited to see where this is going.
    I also really liked Constantine in this and how King utilized him in the end, very clever.

    Recommended!


  • 7.0
    bucswin611 Jan 23, 2019

    Eh. I don't know what to make of it. Less than the sum of the parts. Janin is solid, and Jordie Bellaire is FANTASTIC. King's Constantine monologues are well-written enough. But something about this feels inconsequential. I'm not sure if the Bat-Cat moments are giving fans what they want or a screw-you for wanting it so badly... This arc has not been either fun or compelling, reminiscent of the arc The Gift.

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  • 3.5
    FASHI Jan 23, 2019

    The worst issue in the run so far. We (and Batman) already realized this is a dream last issue, this issue wallows in the surreal without doing anything with it. The scenes with Selina feel like a waste of time and Constantine isn't given room to breath. Ends up feeling like a knockoff 'For the Man who has Everything'.

    This could've been partly saved by some cool art (like last issue) but it's stiff and bland feels like the opposite of a dream.

  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    Why the fuck are you dreaming about that sexy magician? Just to berate him and punch him, you closeted fuck?

  • 9.5
    Aussie Dad Feb 20, 2019

    There are multitudes of layers, both in this issue and in Tom King's run in general that makes Batman an outstanding title.

  • 7.5
    bcgocubs Jan 27, 2019

    I dont have a problem with King taking his time. He simply takes a different approach to writing comics than others. His stories are meant to be immersive and they read more like a long term novel. There is nothing wrong with that and people should cut him some slack for trying something different. That being said, I understand why some would not like his style. It can stretch your patience and is confusing sometimes. But I think people should start to view his style more as a whole and not individual issues. I dont think that approach does his work justice.

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